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Karabelo Pudumo

Age 18

1 Jun 2024
Kimberley, Northern Cape (South Africa)

Karabelo Pudumo
Karabelo Pudumo [photo:]

Karabelo was stabbed more than 20 times by a man who realised she was transgender when she was out with friends.

Karabelo Pudumo, an 18-year-old transgender high school learner from the Northern Cape, was stabbed to death in a suspected hate crime.

Reports indicate that Karabelo was murdered on the 1st of June in Kimberley. It is believed that the teenager was out drinking with friends and several men when one of the men realised that she was transgender. He allegedly responded by brutally stabbing Karabelo more than 20 times all over her body.

A man has reportedly been arrested in connection with the murder, but MambaOnline has been unable to verify this with the authorities.

Karabelo, who lived with her grandparents who raised her, was a Grade 10 learner at Pescodia High School. Over three hundred children and community members attended a memorial service on Wednesday at the school.

Karabelo’s murder is the second suspected hate crime killing of a transgender individual in the Northern Cape in the past month. On 14 May, the body of 27-year-old Jo-Ann Isaks was found in a burning room in the Upington township of Paballelo. Police confirmed that she had multiple stab wounds on her upper body.

Report added: 16 Jun 2024. Last updated: 23 Jun 2024

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